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Back to Normal: Considerations for Returning Jails to Pre-COVID-19 Operations

This document was written to serve as suggestions for when jail leaders begin the process of returning jail operations “back to normal”. Emergency response plans, like all policies and procedures must be tailored to the specific facility and available resources. This includes agencies with multiple facilities, each perhaps with a different design. COVID-19 presents some different issues to consider in emergency response planning and implementation. While many practices put in place to enhance safety during this time are similar from county to county and jail to jail, returning jail operations “back to normal” will offer different challenges.